The American Caste System
Just as in ancient India society was segmented into five layers, American society can also be classified.
The basic four layers of Indian society were:
The fifth layer would be the ‘untouchables,’ that class of not quite human which does the distasteful things that no real human being would want to do. You know, take out the trash, manage waste treatment plants, that sort of thing.
In American society the untouchables would be people who don’t work, welfare recipients, criminals, and that sort of thing. We know they exist, we rant about them, but we stay far away from them, unless we are on a reality TV show.
The basic workman, in American society would be the minimum wage worker. The wage can go up, but still, the worker is stuck in a machine which requires little education, but from which there is little hope of escape. Indeed, lack of real education is the trap…is the source of little hope.
The trader would include anybody who went into business for themselves. His god is (choke) money.
The warrior would be the fellow who sold his soul to keep the priests in business. He gets to play with sharp objects and high tech slingshots. Translate this to law/military doing the bidding of people in charge.
Alas, there are no real priests in America. Never have been, actually. You see in India the word Brahmin refers to universal consciousness. Religious leaders in America do not seek universal consciousness.
The word caste comes from Latin, and it means to cut off, to segregate.
Doubtless, the concept of a caste system came first from racial considerations, and then was imposed by leaders, thus giving some sort of order to society and making it more manageable. This is easily understood if you take the concept of a caste system to the next level (the level currently in vogue in America), an obsession with wealth.
People with little money are on the bottom, and people with lots of money are on the top. While this seems grossly unfair, and doubtless is, it still provides a valuable source of order. Consider that in ancient India people were segregated according to their ability to pay taxes, then compare that to the American model.
While caste systems have proven valuable in the herding of the human race, they are inherently cruel, and actually kept in place through ignorance. In the beginning, this was actually understood, and there were methods in place to enable people to break out of the caste system. In the Vedic literature known as the Atreya smriti (141-142), people were allowed to move up through the caste system.
If one is a Shudra by birth, for instance, by observing Sanskara, or by studying the Vedas one one can move up in caste.
One who knows Brahman is a Brahmana. No need to move up there, because one is at the top.
Untouchables, they stay in the treatment plant.
Unfortunately, this flexibility of caste is not spoken of much in modern times because, darn it, it would upset the turnip cart. Maybe even make it into a turn-up cart.
You see, ignorance is a tool by which bad guys keep good people ‘in their place.’ Education is slanted, downgraded, and people are deprived of education in the most insidious manners, all while being told they are getting the best education. Thus is ignorance perpetuated, and thus is the caste system, even in a modern society such as the United States of America, held in place.
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